Durham v Australia A, Tour match, Chester-le-Street, 1st day August 1, 2012

McDermott, Wood shine as wickets tumble


Australia A 111 for 6 (Wood 4-22) trail Durham 197 (McDermott 4-38) by 86 runs

Sixteen wickets fell on the first day of Australia's A second tour match, with Alister McDermott, son of former Australia international Craig, claiming figures of 4 for 38. Slow left-armer Jon Holland also took three wickets, as Durham were dismissed for 197 but that looked a decent score after the tourists lost their top six for less than 100.

Tim Paine and Nathan Coulter-Nile were the batsmen fighting save the Australia A innings, after Mark Wood claimed 4 for 22 in his eight overs. Opener Liam Davis made 40 as Australia A reached 69 for 1 before losing five wickets for 25 runs.

Having narrowly failed to win their opening three-day match against Derbyshire, Australia A made five changes to the side for their trip to the north east. Three of those were bowlers, and McDermott, Holland and Coulter-Nile claimed nine wickets between them as no one made more than Johann Myburgh's 34 for Durham.

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  • Mariam on August 2, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @blake_jarvis, well said, Khawaja should have been included in the Aus A batting lineup, his top scores in both innings against the excellent Aus A bowling attack showed his class, hopefully he is back for the ashes.

  • Satish on August 2, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Forrest : To be frank, i haven't seen anything in this guy to be named above a Fergusson or a Voges or even Marcus North.. Wonder how many chances he will get.. Too pity he is getting ODI slot where he can at max score a 130 ball 100..

  • Tim on August 2, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    @Blake, those were given more chances than they ever deserved and have shown no improvement since their first class debut. I'm not convinced on any of our reserve batsmen at this stage but we should wait till the end of this tour at least. 4 days of cricket is nowhere near long enough to judge who is ready and who isn't.

  • Kristin on August 2, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Good to see A Mac doing well. He is an absolute dead ringer for his old man in every sense - looks like Craig did when he was that age, and the action is the same. All bodes well if he has the same success!! Good to see Dutchy in the mix as well, I think he has been forgotten about in the post-Warne era, and could be a good partner for Lyon in spin friendly conditions. Batting is a concern, though good to see T-Paine going strongly. He could almost command a spot as a batsman alone.

  • Rakesh on August 2, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    @Steven Andrews Agree with your comments on young McDermott, his bowling is tailor made for English conditions and he is quite similar to Bird and Copeland but bit quicker than both of them. I wasn't much impressed with him when I first saw him in u-19 world cup in NZ, Hazlewood was by far the best player in that u-19 world cup. But it again proved that factors such as fitness, accuracy and pitching the ball full are equally if not more important than genuine pace and height.

    Surprised to see Starc not getting enough wickets, can't comment on the basis of scorecard but we should not make analysis on the basis of FL T20 because standard of this competition is very very poor.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    The more they leave them out, the better P Hughes & U Kwahaja look.

  • Andrew on August 2, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    @Steven Andrews - I 2nd your comment re: Ali Mac. A very good prospect. == == == Good start to the match for Oz, obviously didn't finish too well. Love to ss the footage of Holland's first wicket, was it bowlers guile or batsmen Afridi moment? So good day for the bowlers, then there's the batsmen. Cowan can be excused - 2 FC tons in 3 knocks prior is good going, Liam Davis - a 40 is nothing to crow about, but it was the highest score of the day & I think is noteworthy. Klinger - I don't rate him, & I'm not overly surprised, would be more surprised should he come & get a ton. Forrest & Bailey have 2 failures in a row, & given they have been given some opportunities should be leading the way more (IMO). Cooper wasa bit dissappointing as he has been over in England as long as Klinger has (roughly), but as it was his first FC match in a very long while. Good to see Paine get a few runs, up to him & NC-N & Starc to show off their allround skills to save some embarassment!

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Agree Steve, the lad takes wickets and seems to stay in one piece!

  • Shane on August 2, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    @freo75 - fair call. A quick scan through the first classs averages is a concern, especially the batting. none average more than 42 with the bat, most are in the mid 30's. Hardly banging down the door.

  • Peterincanada on August 1, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    There have long been complaints to dump the old timers. Fact is they should try and persuade some retired players to make a comeback. Allan Border, Neil Harvey, Bill Lawry, Waugh twins your country needs you. Another lamentable display by the so-called up and coming batsmen.

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